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Twizzlers Percentages Book
This book features wonderfully wacky characters interacting with Twizzlers to illustrate the concept of percentages. As he's done with fractions, addition, and counting, author Jerry Pallotta makes learning fun in the light, relaxed way that has become his trademark. Sure to be as popular with kids as a bag of candy
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Cartwheel
(first published November 1st 2001)
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I was bored during this book. There were a lot of numbers on the page; in fact, it seemed to mostly consist of a line or two of text and then rows and rows of fractions and percentage signs and fractions and decimals. It overwhelmed even me- I didn't want to stare at all those numbers. And if you didn't, what was there to learn about percentages?
This book actually was kind of confusing to me. It was just kind of all over the place. I am not a math person though so that could explain it. I think that if I read it again and really focused then I would have figured it out. It is a creative way to teach math. It would even be super great to actually use real Twizzlers!
I used this for a lesson when we were talking about percentages after learning fractions. I then gave them 10 black twists and 10 red twists and they had to complete a worksheet asking different percentages of reds or blacks and they had to convert them from fractions to percentages and then to decimals. Best part is they were able to eat the twists upon their completion of the assignment.
I didn't like this book nearly as well as Jerry's other books. It felt like there was too much content that got glossed over in an effort to fit more into this book. I got it, but that's because I already understand percentages. Not useful for teaching, but could be a good review.
My full name is Gerard Larry Pallotta but my mom always called me "Jerry". I was born on March 26, 1953 in Boston, Massachusetts. My mom's name is Mary, and she came from a family of ten children. My dad's name is Joe, and he came from a family of five children. My grandparents were immigrants of Italian descent. I have the nicest parents in the world. They have always been unselfish and ready to ...moreMore about Jerry Pallotta...